Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)
IT’S A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE:
How Do Children Learn Attitudes?
As people in the moderately busy mall passed by Mary they observed her bottle feeding an infant, Kiesha. A mother holding the hand of a child about 3-years old noted the scene. She abruptly pulled the child away. As they passed by Mary could hear her telling the child Isn’t it disgusting?
Shortly thereafter, when Kiesha’s appetite was satisfied, Mary rose to continue her shopping. It wasn’t long before they passed another mother, also holding on to a small child. When this mother pointed to Kiesha Mary heard her say Look, isn’t that baby cute?
Implicit in these situations is the question How do children develop their attitudes towards someone different? Perhaps the answers are within the stories.
Keisha left Mary’s home after a 7-month stay. After the foster child returned to her biological mom Mary and her family missed their temporary family member.